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The Many Vinegar Uses

Updated on June 6, 2012

1001 Ways To Use Vinegar - Just To Name A Few!

DON'T BE A VINEGAR SNOB!!! Did you know that you have something kin to a "magic bullet" in your cupboard.  That is right -VINEGAR!  Vinegar usage is as varied as paint colors.  And, it is "GREEN", i.e. it is environmentally friendly.  I sometimes feel like I'm the last to discover the magic of the natural universe.  I was sharing some of the things I've discovered and, as I shared these with my wife, Barbara, she said, "Oh, I already knew that!"   This site reveals many of the common uses of vinegar.  It keeps growing, so keep coming back!

Vinegar Uses and Diabetes

HINT: Eat a vinegar dressing on your salad.

2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal even as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing—will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal.

A Spoonful of Vinegar Helps the Sugar Go Down

Vinegar Uses on Weeds - Vinegar Weed Control

Kill weeds:

Spray white distilled vinegar full strength on tops of weeds. Reapply on any new growth until plants have starved.

Vinegar Uses -- dog urine on carpet - vinegar urine?

Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet.

Test the color fastness of the carpet with white distilled vinegar in an inconspicuous place. Then sprinkle distilled vinegar over the fresh pet accident. Wait a few minutes and sponge from the center outward. Blot up with a dry cloth. This procedure may need to be repeated for stubborn stains. PETS Pet fighter:A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal. Helps Get rid of animal smells: Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.

Vinegar Uses - Book Recommendations - A book recomendation from Amazon.

Vinegar Uses and Food

Getting the last drops:
When you can't get the last bit of mayonnaise or salad dressing out of the jar, try dribbling a little of your favorite vinegar into it, put the cap on tightly and shake well. You'll be amazed at how much you've been wasting.

Cooking fish:
Try soaking fish in vinegar and water before cooking it. It will be sweeter, more tender and hold its shape better. When boiling or poaching fish, a tablespoon of vinegar added to the water will keep it from crumbling so easily.

Cake icing:
Cake icing can be prevented from becoming sugary if a little vinegar is added to the ingredients before cooking. The same is true when making homemade candy.

Boiling eggs:
When boiling an egg and it's cracked, a little vinegar in the water will keep the white from running out.

Keeping potatoes white:
A teaspoon of white distilled or cider vinegar added to the water in which you boil potatoes will keep them nice and white. You can keep peeled potatoes from turning dark by covering them with water and adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar.

Freshen vegetables:
Freshen up slightly wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water and vinegar.

Flavor booster:
Perk up a can of soup, gravy or sauce with a teaspoon of your favorite specialty vinegar. It adds flavor and tastes fresher.

Meat tenderizer:
As a tenderizer for tough meat or game, make a marinade in the proportion of half a cup of your favorite vinegar to a cup of heated liquid, such as bouillon; or for steak, you may prefer to a mix of vinegar and oil, rubbed in well and allowed to stand for two hours.

Fruit stains:
Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands by cleaning them with vinegar.

Fresh lunch box:
It is easy to take out the heavy stale smell often found in lunch boxes. Dampen a piece of fresh bread with white distilled vinegar and leave it in the lunch box overnight.

Get rid of cooking smells:
Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.

Fluffy Egg Whites
Soak a paper towel with 1-2 Tablespoons of white distilled vinegar.  Wipe mixing bowl and beaters or whisk with the vinegar-soaked paper towel, then dry with a cloth or paper towel prior to whipping egg whites. 

Fluffier Rice
For fluffier and great tasting rice, add a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the boiling water before adding rice.  Rice will be easier to spoon and less sticky. 


Old Fashioned Vinegar pie with sugar

1 cup sugar
3 heaping tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. cold water
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
2 tbsp. butter
6 tbsp. vinegar
1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked

Mix sugar and flour in saucepan.
Add water, egg yolks (reserve egg whites), whole egg, butter and vinegar.
Cook until thick.
Pour into baked 9 inch pie shell.
For Meringue: Beat reserved egg whites until stiff.
Add 4 tablespoons sugar, spread over pie.
Brown meringue lightly.

For sugar free pie

24 packets Splenda (or equivalent sugar substitute)
3 heaping tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. cold water
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
2 tbsp. butter
6 tbsp. vinegar
1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked

Mix sugar and flour in saucepan.
Add water, egg yolks (reserve egg whites), whole egg, butter and vinegar.
Cook until thick.
Pour into baked 9 inch pie shell.
For Meringue: Beat reserved egg whites until stiff.
Add 6 packets Splenda (or equivalent), spread over pie.
Brown meringue lightly.

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Vinegar Usses in health / Medicines

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Vinegar Sun Burn
Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed.

Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting: Douse with vinegar. It will soothe irritation and relieve itching.

Relieve sunburn: Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed.

Relieve dry and itchy skin: Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.

Fight dandruff: After shampooing, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.

Soothe a sore throat:  Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow. For another great gargle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vinegar, gargle then drink.

Treat sinus infections and chest colds:  Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer. (Be sure to check vaporizer instructions for additional water measurement.)

Skin burns: Apply ice-cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.

Chest congestion:  To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.

Toenail fungus: Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.

Arthritis Relief Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of water with a teaspoon of orange flavored Knox gelatin.

Lessen Morning Sickness Drink some apple cider vinegar in water, with honey added.  This concoction can help calm a queasy stomach.

Stop Itching Apply a paste made from vinegar and cornstarch.  Keep on until itch disappears. 

Soft Feet - Combine 1 cup white distilled vinegar to 2 gallons warm water.  Soak feet for 45 minutes then use a pumice stone or file to remove dead skin from heels and callused areas of feet.

Wart Remover -Mix lukewarm/warm water with a cup of white distilled vinegar.  Immerse area with wart and soak 20 minutes everyday until wart disappears. 

Coloring Easter eggs:

Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with each ½ cup of hot water, then add food coloring. (Check egg-coloring booklets or food dye box for specific directions.) Vinegar keeps the food dyes bright and prevents streaky, uneven colors.

Vinegar Uses And Poison Ivy

 (From:  From the Kitchen - Viewer Suggestions for treating Poison Ivy, Oak ...)

Vinegar's  Help In Poison Ivy

Plain o'l white vinegar, worked for me just fine. It will sting a bit, the itch was gone in minutes. Re-apply as the itch reappears until its gone, usually in a few days.
-- J.R. ( submitted Apr/1/2000

A friend's grandmother eliminated the simptoms of poison ivy using warm vinagar on the blisters. I have tried this and many other remedies, including the over-the-counter products and found that a combination of warm vinagar compresses, three to four times a day, and an application of caladril (not sure of the spelling) lotion at night have been the most effective. system, or just the acid in it. But it work's. Passed down from 3 generations.
-- Gary Christopher ( submitted 26/Jun/2001

I have found that applying White Distilled Vinegar to the affected area(s) several times daily will relieve the itching as well as dry it up. Additional tips - Mosquito Bites: rub the juice of a cut onion on it and it will stop the itching and disappear within an hour. Insect Bites: make a paste from white distilled vinegar and meat tenderizer and apply to the affected area. submitted 26/Sep/2002

It sounds goofy, but when I was a kid we were told to rub vinegar and salt on the poison ivy on your arm or leg. It hurt but once it took effect it cooled down the itching.
--"Vince G" ( submitted 16/Jun/2003

Hey I was just searching for new ways to get rid of my poison ivy faster. I mixed red and white vinegar and dumped it all over it and that healed it last time. Bleach does make it go away just not right away, also for my pool we use chlorine tablets (size of a hockey puck) and I got them wet and rubbed it on the ivy and let sit for 2-5 mins and that helped a little.
--"Todd" ( submitted 26/July/2003

Vinegar Uses On Floors And Other Vinegar Household Cleaning Solutions

No-wax floors:

To wash no-wax floors, add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.

Cleaning Heavily Soiled Hands

Moisten cornmeal with apple cider vinegar.  Scrub hands, rinse in cold water and pat dry. 

Paintbrush softener:

Soak the paintbrush in hot white distilled vinegar, and then wash out with warm, sudsy water.

Cleaning the Radiator Vent

Turn down the thermostat.  Unscrew the air vent, soak it in vinegar to clean it, then turn the thermostat all the way up.  After a few minutes, you'll hear a hissing sound followed by a little bit of water spurting out.  Finally, steam will start exiting that hole.  Turn off the radiator valve and replace the vent.  It should be straight up and hand tight.  You should not need or use a wrench.


Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a soft cloth.  Try in an inconspicuous place first.


Wash fireplaces with a 50/50 ratio of water and vinegar to remove the blackened soot on glass front doors. If the doors have a spring-loaded clip, remove it, then take out the doors.  Lay them flat on newspapers, spray with the vinegar/water solution and soak.  Wipe it off with newspaper.

Cleaner for Gold Jewelry (Winner of June 2007 Vinegar Online Use Contest)

Use one cup apple cider vinegar.  Submerge solid gold jewelry item in vinegar for 15 minutes.  Remove and dry with cloth. 

Remove Lime Stains from Car

Pour a small amount of white vinegar on a clean cloth.  Gently rub the area of lime staining with the cloth until the stain is gone.  Test a small area first to ensure no discoloration.

Wine stains:

Spots caused by wine can be removed from 100 percent cotton, cotton polyester and permanent press fabrics if done so within 24 hours. To do it, sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer's care tag.

Freshen baby clothes:

The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.

Clothes washing magic:

Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents.

Blanket renewal:

Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if 2 cups of white distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle of the wash.

Deodorant stains:

Deodorant and antiperspirant stains may be removed from clothing by lightly rubbing with white distilled vinegar and laundering as usual.

Hole removal:

After a hem or seam is removed, there are often unsightly holes left in the fabric. These holes can be removed by placing a cloth, moistened with white distilled vinegar, under the fabric and ironing.

Keeping colors fast:

To hold colors in fabrics, which tend to run, soak them for a few minutes in white distilled vinegar before washing.

Leather cleaning:

Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of white distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.

Scorch marks:

Lightly rub white distilled vinegar on fabric that has been slightly scorched. Wipe with a clean cloth.

Vinegar Uses On Floors And Other Vinegar Household Cleaning Solutions

Part 2

Setting colors:

When you are color dyeing, add about a cupful of white distilled vinegar to the last rinse water to help set the color.

Unclog steam iron:

Pour equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.

Clean a scorched iron plate:

Heat equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.

Cleaning Vintage Lace

Soak the lace in cold water, rinsing it several times.  Next, hand-wash the lace gently with a wool detergent, such as Woolite.  If rust spots are a problem, try removing them with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Apply vinegar with a soft cloth to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances.  Try in an inconspicuous place first.

Cleaner Dishes and Glasses

Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap.  Wash full cycle. 

Remove Refrigerator Smells

Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator.  Within 2 days, any smell is gone!

Bathtub film:

Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.

Toilet bowl cleaner:

Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.

Unclog the shower head:

Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in diluted white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.

Garbage disposal cleaner:

Garbage disposals may be kept clean and odor free with vinegar cubes. Vinegar cubes are made by filling an ice tray with a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and enough water to fill the ice tray and then freezing it. Run the mixture through the disposal, and then flush it with cold water for a minute or so.

Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):

White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner's manual for specific instructions.)

Clean the microwave:

Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.

Deodorize the kitchen drain:

Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

Clean the refrigerator:

Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.

Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:

Wipe with full strength white distilled vinegar.

Streakless windows:

Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution will make your windows gleam and will not leave the usual film or streaks on the glass.

Washing woodwork:

You can ease the job of washing painted walls, woodwork and Venetian blinds by using a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white distilled or cider vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Wipe this solution over walls or blinds with a sponge or cloth and rinse with clear water. Dirt and grime comes off easily and the solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks.

Water or alcohol marks on wood:

Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses being placed on wood furniture may be removed by rubbing with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for the best results.

Carpet stain removal:

A mixture of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oily stains from carpets. Apply it to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently. Rinse with a towel moistened with clean water and blot dry. Repeat this procedure until the stain is gone. Then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer. This should be done as soon as the stain is discovered.

Vinegar Uses and Ants: Use vinegar to get rid of ants!

Sounds crazy, but try vinegar! Fill a squirt bottle with plain old cheap white vinegar, and squirt it anyplace you've seen ants (kitchen counters, windowsills, etc) and let it dry. It's non-toxic, won't harm anything, and the smell will go away in just a couple of minutes. 


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      6 years ago

      By just using apple vinegar, Eves has another success! along with her complete guidance. This way is quit safe and healthy, which is quite helpful for me. It is shown in:

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      6 years ago

      This page has given me a ton of new ways to use vinegar. I think it would pair very will with this website.

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      6 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many uses for vinegar!

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      6 years ago

      Great tips on using vinegar. Have never heard of vinegar pie - sounds interesting.

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      7 years ago

      I agree, vinegar is a great glass and window cleaner

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      7 years ago

      Great Lens. Thanks for the information I learn a lot from it

      keep up the good work and keep on sharing.

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      7 years ago

      I use use vinegar when i found out how to get rid of ants.

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      7 years ago

      You have some great tips here. I do use vinegar for several housecleaning tasks,but saw several here I'd never heard of. I definitely plan to try the tip about white vinegar for removing antiperspirant stains on clothing. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Dogs are our friends and it is our responsibility to care for him. Ticks on dogs may be a big trouble. I was a owner and I have some good ideas for getting rid of ticks on dogs.

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      7 years ago from USA

      I've always loved using vinegar for cleaning and in the rinse water for clothes. Before I had a dishwasher & had to hand wash dishes, I added about a cup of vinegar to the rinse water to prevent water spots. My dishes were always super shiny. I'm also hooked on baking soda and its many uses. Old-fashioned cleansers and remedies are way better than store-bought stuff in my opinion. I love your lens! Thank you for sharing your tips on the many uses of vinegar! I'm lensrolling this to my Vintage Aprons, Retro Cookbooks and Vintage Cookbooks lenses. (the last 2 need updating badly!) Have a great week! ~Vicki~

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      Sherry Venegas 

      7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      What a new reference. This gets a Housekeeping angel blessing. Some of us need all the good hints we can get.


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